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HC to decide fate of ‘extortionist’ cop

Nov 23, 2010

Probe indicts him for detaining a chemist illegally

Moga, November 23

The Punjab and Haryana High Court will decide the fate of Inspector Satnam Singh, former person in charge of the CIA Staff, Moga, who in a judicial inquiry has been found guilty of illegally detaining a chemist, Apaar Singh, at a local police station. 

The Tribune in its news item, ‘A cop or an extortionist’, published in these columns on February 5 had exposed the nefarious design of the police to extort money from local chemists by threatening them to slap cases against them under the NDPS Act. Satnam Singh was suspended and a departmental inquiry was initiated, which was in progress, against him. The court of Justice Zora Singh has accepted the judicial inquiry report and fixed November 25 as the date of hearing.
A warrant officer of the HC had rescued Apaar Singh, alias Bittu, who was inhumanly tortured, from the clutches of the local police on September 23, 2009. 

He was detained by the CIA Staff when he went there on September 21 to enquire about his brothers, running a drug store, who were picked up by the police for allegedly possessing psychotropic drugs without valid papers. 

Family members of the three brothers filed a habeas corpus writ petition in the high court, in which it was alleged that the police had demanded Rs 50,000 from them to release the three persons. The HC ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Karunesh Kumar Kakkar, who conducted the judicial probe, in his report submitted to the HC had written, “I am of the opinion that prima facie, Apaar Singhwas found to be in illegal custody of Inspector Satnam Singh, in charge, CIA Staff, Moga.” 

Source: The Tribune,Chandigarh

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